At the SPAC of Dawn
Good morning! Watch this space moving forward as a roundup of evening filings as well as news nuggets to nibble on beside your morning coffee.
Taken together with the three SPAC IPOs in October, Q4 has now matched the IPO totals of Q2 and Q3 of this year and presumably will best them before the year is out. With several major rumored non-SPAC IPOs gearing up for debuts in the first quarter of next year, the vibes are increasingly leaning towards normalcy to start 2024.
That said, November has started off slow in new announced deals with only one SPAC combination joining SPACInsider‘s announced column so far. Dealmaking tends to take a turkey nap at the midpoint of the month, so the coming weeks could be more about 40 new SPACs filed to IPO and the 153 with pending deals getting on and off the board, respectively.
News and Rumors
- Cooley: Delaware’s Chancery Court has seen a record caseload in 2023 with over 1,000 cases filed as of early October, 63 of which involve litigation around SPACs.
- Sky News: Arrival (NASDAQ:ARVL) has engaged Jefferies’ US office to raise raise fresh funding as it works through a restructuring with Alvarez & Marsal in the UK. Among the options being considered are a full or partial asset sale two years after initially going public with CIIG and four months after terminating a second SPAC deal with Kensington V.
- CanTech Letter: Following its bankruptcy, WeWork (NYSE:WE) disclosed that it is not currently planning to close any of its Canadian locations and is committed to growing its business there. BowX completed its combination with WeWork in October 2021.
- Black Mountain Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:BMAC) postponed its extension meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held on November 14, at 12:00 p.m., ET, and will now hold the meeting on November 17, at 10:00 a.m., ET. Additionally, the SPAC announced that it intends to enter into one or more non-redemption agreements with one or more stockholders.